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What Model of Smith & Wesson is it?

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Jim R, Aug 2, 2010.

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  1. Jim R

    Jim R Ljutic Nut TS Supporters

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    I need to find out what Model Smith & Wesson this is.

    Ser. # is S 144XXX

    It is Marked 44 S&W Special CTG. on the Barrel.

    When I drop open the Cyl. On the lower part of the frame 80668 is stamped over the number 4.

    The gun has a 5 1/2" barrel with a ramped rib and adj. sights.

    Thanks in advance for any help.


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  2. Mono3811

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    If it doesn't have a model number on the frame, it's a Model 1950 Target. Later, S&W started to use model numbers, such as 24, 27, 29 etc.
     
  3. smoking357

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    Thank heavens you posted pics of it. Unfortunately, it's the biggest piece of junk Smith ever made, completely unsafe even to hold, unloaded. As an authorized S&W disposal facility, you have to send it to me for safe retirement.

    Whew, you posted it just in time.

    You looking to unloaded it? I like the patridge sight. Looks like Elmer Keith had a hand in this one.
     
  4. Dr.Longshot

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    I have another S&W Question What model is the 8 shot 22 stainless S&W and how long a Bbl can you get. I heard a guy on the radio saying he has been shooting Racoons with an 8 shot S&W Stainless 22cal.


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  5. short shucker

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    Gary,

    The model # that comes to mind is a 63. I don't know what barrel lengths are/were available, but the two that I've shot behaved nicely at 25yard if I did my part.

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  6. smoking357

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    Doc, the 617 has some pretty long barrels on it.
     
  7. rdp58

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    Your S&W 44 special is most often refered to as "Pre Model 24". These gun are bring a good price now. Be careful with the grips they are also worth good money.
     
  8. BFJ201

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    I've got one very similar to that one. It is the .38 special on that same frame from the same era, all original. We've always called it the 38/44. It's not for sale but I've seen others listed in the 3500 range with all papers and box.
     
  9. handlepuller

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    It's a cool-looking one whatever it is.
     
  10. Brian in Oregon

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    .44 Hand Ejector Fourth Model of 1950, Target.

    Production started on Sept. 25, 1950, at serial number S75,000. It was a slow seller. By June 1952 only 244 revolvers had been sold. Recoil was too much for target shooters. The gun appealed more to those who wanted to hunt. The Model 29 .44 Magnum outsold the Model 24 starting in 1956. Sales continued to drop and the Model 24 was discontinued in 1966.

    S75,000 - Sept 25, 1950 - Production of the Model 24 starts.

    Unk S/N - June 1952 - Only 244 had been sold by this date.

    S144,xxx - Your gun.

    S175,000 - Sept 7, 1956 - Elimination of the "bug" screw (gun changed from a "5-Screw" to a "4-Screw").

    Unk S/N - June 12, 1957 - "Model 24" stamping starts.

    Unk S/N - Dec 12, 1959 - Ejector rod changed to left hand thread, model changed to 24-1.

    Unk S/N - Nov 11, 1961 - Cylinder stop screw 9in front of trigger guard) eliminated, making it a "3-Screw". Model changed to 24-2.

    Unk S/N - 1966 - Model 24 discontinued.

    Total production - 5,050.

    My guess is your gun was probably made between 1954 and 1956, with 1955 being a good compromise.

    Your barrel is 5-1/2". This is a very desirable length. Most were made with a 6-1/2" barrel, and most of the rest are said to be 4".

    The .45 (ACP) Hand Ejector Model of 1950, Target, and the heavier barreled Model of 1950, Target, greatly outsold the Model 24.
     
  11. no5shooter

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    Beautiful gun. Great research work, Brian. I still regret not buying the one just like this when I had the opportunity and just didn't know what I was looking at. It was in the early 60's and I 'had' to have a .44 Mag. So I got one. And another, and another. Never did run across another pre-24 .44Spl. This one is a dandy, Jim R.
     
  12. Jim R

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    Thanks Brian for all the info.

    Wish I had the factory grips but someone replaced them with Herrett's Grips.

    Jim R
     
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